- Associated Press - Monday, March 21, 2016

PRAGUE (AP) - Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech has been voted the Czech Republic’s player of the year for 2015.

The 33-year-old Czech international won Monday’s poll of players, coaches, football federation officials and journalists for a record eighth time overall.

Cech left Chelsea in 2015 - following 11 successful years - and moved to English Premier League rival Arsenal. He also helped the Czech national team qualify for the 2016 European Championship in France.

He sustained a calf muscle injury earlier in March and won’t play in the forthcoming international matches against Scotland and Sweden.

Last year’s poll winner, Sparta Prague striker David Lafata, finished second while Hertha Berlin midfielder Vladimir Darida came third.

National team coach Pavel Vrba was voted best coach for the sixth straight year.

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